Many people want to do their part to go green, but they don’t know-how. If you fall into that category, you’ve come to the right place. One of the simplest ways to start living a greener lifestyle is by going green at home, starting with incorporating eco-friendly products into your household.
Ways to Conserve Energy
Conserving energy is essential if you want to make your home eco-friendlier. Here are some of our favorite energy-saving products:
Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs: For many of us, cutting down on our light usage is a difficult commitment to make. After all, no one wants to live in the dark. However, energy-efficient light bulbs are a good step in the right direction, and they can reduce your electric bill.
Solar Panels: While solar panels are nothing new, many households still don’t have them because they are one of the higher-budget eco-friendly home solutions. However, if the cost is the only thing holding you back, you should know that financing options like the Ygrene Energy Fund are available to help make installation much more comfortable to afford.
Smart Meters: A smart meter can be installed to provide more control (and less waste) when it comes to your energy consumption. Smart meters provide highly accurate monitoring of your energy usage and can help you make better decisions about how you’re using it.
Smart Thermostats: Take your energy-conservation one step further with a smart thermostat. These devices can be controlled through your phone, so heating and cooling are never left on unnecessarily, but your home is always kept at the perfect temperature.
Reducing the water used in your home is essential to help avoid future droughts, limit the energy needed to provide water supply to our homes, and preserve the quality of water. Plus, using less water means your water bill will be lower. Here are a few ways you can conserve water in your home:
Low-Flow Shower Heads: Showers are a massive source of water waste. However, low-flow showerheads cut water usage almost in half. To use less water during your showers, you need to install a low-flow, efficient showerhead in each bathroom of the house (it also doesn’t hurt to use a shower timer to limit how long you’re in there).
Faucet Aerators: Washing your hands, doing the dishes, and brushing your teeth are other sources of water consumption. Similar to replacing showerheads, faucet aerators help water flow more efficiently. You should put faucet aerators on each of your sink faucets (or at least the highly used sinks like in the kitchen and main bathrooms) to reduce the amount of water used.
Dual-Flush Toilet Converter: As you’ve likely heard, it takes a lot less water to flush fluids than it does solids. That’s where dual-flush toilet converters can come in handy. With the dual flushing mechanism, you’ll use much less water per flush.
All of these products can be easily installed on your own with the need for a plumber or maintenance person!
Alternatives to Paper Goods
Traditional paper goods play a huge role in how big our carbon footprint is. Making the transition to eco-friendly alternatives can make a significant impact on the environment. Try buying these options instead of your usual household paper goods:
Bamboo Toilet Paper: Bamboo toilet paper is suitable for both you and the environment. This traditional TP alternative is unbleached, 100% biodegradable (meaning it should dissolve naturally, reducing your risk of clogs), and is still soft—plus it’s much more sustainable.
Reusable Paper Towels: Like toilet paper, paper towels can also be incredibly wasteful. Opting for reusable paper towels instead can help your family become much more eco-friendly. Use them like you would a regular paper towel to wipe up spills and clean your home, then wash them with hot water and dish soap, hang them up to dry, and they’re good as new. You can even use one sheet several times before washing if you want.
Cloth Napkins: While you might associate cloth napkins with special occasions, making them the norm in your home can severely cut back on paper waste, especially if you have a big family. Instead of just having a few on-hand for big dinners, buy a decent amount of them (so you don’t have to wash them every day) to keep in the kitchen for messy eaters. You can even create your own from cotton shirts and old towels if you’re not concerned with aesthetics. After use, just throw them in with the other laundry, and they’ll be ready to use again.
Along with replacing paper goods, consider using green cleaning products too!
Making changes in your home can be difficult, but once you get your eco-friendly lifestyle momentum going, you’ll want to integrate all of these products into your home!
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